And The Winner Is…


 CHUCK BERRY: Rock’s 2014 Polar Music Prize Winner




Chuck Berry has landed another prestigious lifetime honor. The man who proclaimed “Roll Over, Beethoven” is one of two recipients of this year’s Polar Music Prize. Berry, now 87, has been named along with British theater director Peter Sellars.

On its website, the organizers call Berry, “The rock and roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music. Every riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry.” Noting that “The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and a million other groups began to learn their craft by playing Chuck Berry songs,” the Polar committee adds, “In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run.”

The awards will be presented by Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf at an August 26th ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall to be followed by a celebratory banquet at the city’s Grand Hôtel.

Among the previous Polar Music Prize laureates are:
•Paul Simon (2012)
•Patti Smith (2011)
•Peter Gabriel (2009)
•Pink Floyd (2008)
•Led Zeppelin (2006)
•BB King (2004)
•Burt Bacharach (2001)
•Bob Dylan (2000)
•Stevie Wonder (1999)
•Ray Charles (1998)
•Bruce Springsteen (1997)
•Joni Mitchell (1996)
•Elton John (1995)
•Quincy Jones (1994)
•Paul McCartney (1992)

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